2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Round 1 Live Blog: Rafa Cabrera-Bello leads at 7-under

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2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Round 1 Live Blog: Rafa Cabrera-Bello leads at 7-under

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2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational Round 1 Live Blog: Rafa Cabrera-Bello leads at 7-under

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The PGA Tour is back at Arnie’s Place.

First round play began early Thursday in the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

After morning play, Rafa Cabrera-Bello leads the field at 7-under, two strokes ahead of Keegan Bradley.

Rickie Fowler, who finished last weekend’s Honda Classic T2 with Brooks Koepka, struggled Thursday at Bay Hill recording three bogies and a double bogey on the 13th hole. Fowler, who finished 2-over 74, also recorded three birdies in the first round.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy went out in the afternoon with Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed.

An early casualty of the day was 2016 tournament champion Jason Day, who withdrew after his 2nd shot on No. 16 and left Bay Hill on a golf cart, reportedly due to a back injury.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson was busy being Phil Mickelson on No. 10.

Tiger Woods backed out earlier this week due to what he called “neck strain.”

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Thursday
Golf Channel: 2-6 p.m.
PGA Tour Live: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio: 12-6 p.m.

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